Oscar Actors: Best Actor Winners–Nominations Span (Years between First and Last Nomination)

December 27, 2020 (Research in Progress)

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How many actors have received only one nomination, the one for which they won the Best Actor Award?

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For the Oscar-winning actors who have received multiple nominations, what is the span of nominations, that is, the number of years between first and last nomination.

Of the 83 Best Actor winners, only 23 (about 28 percent) have received one nomination:

Abraham, F. Murray, 1984

Arliss, George, 1930

Barrymore, Lionel, 1929

Baxter, Warner, 1928

Benigni, Roberto, 1998

Borgnine, Ernest, 1955

Brody, Adrien, 2002

Brynner, Yul, 1956

Carney, Art, 1974

Crawford, Broderick, 1949

Douglas, Michael, 1987

Dujardin, Jean, 2011

Heston, Charlton, 1959

Irons, Jeremy, 1990

Jannings, Emil, 1927

Lukas, Paul, 1943

McConaughey, Matthew, 2013

Malek, Rami 2018

Marvin, Lee, 1965

Milland, Ray, 1945

Niven, David, 1958

Robertson, Cliff, 1968

Whitaker, Forest, 2006

 

Of the 60 Best Actor winners, who have received multiple nominations

Nomination Span (in terms of years):

1 year (consecutive nominations): 5

Robert Donat

Rex Harrison

Jamie Foxx (same year, Best Actor and Supp. Actor)

Colin Firth

Eddie Redmayne

2-4 years: 4

Wallace Beery, 2

Jose Ferrer, 2

Kevin Spacey, 4

Russell Crowe, 2

5-9 years: 7

Clark Gable, 5

Sidney Poitier, 5

Peter Finch, 5

Nicolas Cage, 7

Casey Affleck, 9

Gary Oldman, 6

Philip Seymour Hoffman, 7

10-19 years: 14

Victor McLaglen, 17

Gary Cooper, 16

James Cagney, 17

Bing Crosby, 10

Ronald Colman, 17

Humphrey Bogart, 11

Maximillian Schell, 16

Gregory Peck, 17

Rod Steiger, 13

George C. Scott, 12

Richard Dreyfuss, 18

Geoffrey Rush, 14

Sean Penn, 13

Casey Affleck, 19

 

20-29 years: 15

Fredric March, 21

Charles Laughton, 24

James Stewart, 20

William Holden, 26

Alec Guinness, 25

Burt Lancaster, 28

Paul Scofield, 28

John Wayne, 20

Gene Hackman, 25

Jack Lemmon, 27

Ben Kingsley, 21

William Hurt, 25

Daniel Day-Lewis, 28

Anthony Hopkins, 28

Leonardo DiCaprio, 26

30-39 years: 10

Paul Munit, 30

Spencer Tracy, 31

Laurence Olivier, 39

Marlon Brando. 38

Jack Nicholson, 33

Jon Voight, 32

Dustin Hoffman, 30

Robert De Niro, 36

Tom Hanks, 31

Denzel Washington, 30

Over 40 Years: 5 actors

Henry Fonda, 41

Robert Duvall, 42

Paul Newman, 44

Al Pacino, 46

Jeff Bridges, 45

Best Actor Winners: 83 (A to Z)

By Last Name and Year of Winning:

Abraham, F. Murray, 1984

Affleck, Casey, 2016

Arliss, George, 1930

Barrymore, Lionel, 1929

Baxter, Warner, 1928

Beery, Wallace, 1932

Benigni, Roberto, 1998

Bogart, Humphrey, 1951

Borgnine, Ernest, 1955

Brando, Marlon, 1954

Bridges, Jeff, 2009

Brody, Adrien, 2002

Brynner, Yul, 1956

Cage, Nicolas, 1995

Cagney, James, 1942

Carney, Art, 1974

Colman, Ronald, 1947

Cooper, Gary, 1941, 1952

Crawford, Broderick, 1949

Crosby, Bing, 1944

Crowe, Russell, 2000

Day-Lewis, Daniel, 1989, 2007, 2012

De Niro, Robert, 1980

DiCaprio, Leonardo, 2015

Donat, Robert, 1939

Douglas, Michael, 1987

Dreyfuss, Richard, 1977

Dujardin, Jean, 2011

Duvall, Robert, 1983

Ferrer, Jose, 1950

Finch, Peter, 1976

Firth, Colin, 2010

Fonda, Henry, 1981

Foxx, Jamie, 2004

Gable, Clark, 1934

Guinness, Alec, 1957

Hackman, Gene, 1971

Hanks, Tom, 1993, 1994

Harrison, Rex, 1958

Heston, Charlton, 1959

Hoffman, Dustin, 1979, 1988

Hoffman, Philip Seymour, 2005

Holden, William, 1953

Hopkins, Anthony, 1991

Hurt, William, 1985

Irons, Jeremy, 1990

Jannings, Emil, 1927

Kingsley, Ben, 1982

Lancaster, Burt, 1960

Laughton, Charles, 1933

Lemmon, Jack, 1973

Lukas, Paul, 1943

McLaglen, Victor, 1935

McConaughey, Matthew, 2013

Rami Malek, 2018

March, Fredric, 1931, 1946

Marvin, Lee, 1965

Milland, Ray, 1945

Muni, Paul, 1936

Newman, Paul, 1986

Nicholson, 1975; 1997

Niven, David, 1958

Oldman, Gary, 2017

Olivier, Laurence, 1948

Pacino, Al, 1992

Peck, Gregory, 1962

Penn, Sean, 2003, 2008

Phoenix, Joaquin, 2019

Poitier, Sidney, 1963

Redmayne, Eddie, 2014

Robertson, Cliff, 1968

Rush, Geoffrey, 1996

Schell, Maximilian, 1961

Scofield, Paul, 1966

Scott, George C., 1970

Spacey, Kevin, 1999

Steiger, Rod, 1967

Stewart, James, 1940

Tracy, Spencer, 1937, 1938

Voight, Jon, 1978

Washington, Denzel, 2001

Wayne, John, 1969

Whitaker, Forest, 2006